• United States Reduces Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan

    United States Reduces Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan

    US military personnel will be reduced to 2,500 troops in each country in January 2021. A decision criticized by US allies.
  • Afghanistan: overactive Taliban propaganda at the time of peace talks

    Afghanistan: overactive Taliban propaganda at the time of peace talks

    Jalaluddin Haqqani, 'great reformer and conqueror' of Afghanistan. The elegiac documentary dedicated to the founder of the eponymous network, accused of the worst atrocities, highlights how much the Taliban's propaganda has progressed and evolved: they now portray themselves as competent administrators as they negotiate the country's future in Doha.
  • U.S. Afghanistan Commander Says Intel Has Not Confirmed Russian Bounties on American Troops

    U.S. Afghanistan Commander Says Intel Has Not Confirmed Russian Bounties on American Troops

    The U.S. commander of troops in Afghanistan said that American intelligence officials have not been able to confirm the existence of a Russian bounty program offering Taliban militants rewards for targeting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” General Frank McKenzie, commander of the …
  • Iran Paid Bounties to Taliban-Linked Terrorist Group after Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan: Report

    Iran Paid Bounties to Taliban-Linked Terrorist Group after Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan: Report

    Iran paid Taliban fighters to attack American soldiers and other coalition forces in Afghanistan, CNN reported on Monday. U.S. intelligence has assessed that a foreign government paid fighters who took part in at least six attacks over the past year, including a December 2019 suicide bombing at the U.S. Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan, that …
  • Pompeo Warned Russia About Bounties to Taliban for Killing U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

    Pompeo Warned Russia About Bounties to Taliban for Killing U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly warned Russia’s foreign minister last month about alleged bounty payments that Russia offered Taliban militants to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Pompeo warned Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov against placing bounties on the heads of American soldiers during a July 13 phone call, the New York Times reported, citing …